Research centre

Centre for Research in Inclusion

young children drawing and writing and school

Our educational researchers are working to further theoretical understandings and practices of inclusion, through participatory and practitioner-based methodologies.

Part of Education


The centre is headed by Dr Achala Gupta and Dr Vasilis Strogilos. Our members work with a strong network of collaborators who value and conduct research that addresses inclusion. They engage with the needs of participants and research users.

We focus on developing research that fosters and improves inclusive practice in an inclusive way. This means we often work with teachers and young people to carry out our research. 

We have particular expertise in: 

  • differentiation
  • collaborative working 
  • social and emotional dimensions of learning  
  • classroom interaction using technology  
  • learners experiencing marginalisation, social disadvantage or poverty  
  • learners with autism and learning disabilities

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Dr Achala Gupta FHEA, PhD (Sociology), MPhil (EdRes), MPS, MA, BSc

Lecturer B

Research interests

  • Sociology of education
  • Shadow education
  • Educational inequality 

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Alex Woodgate-Jones PhD, MA, SFHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Research interests

  • Modern foreign language teaching
  • Changing role of teachers
  • Developing children's emotional wellbeing
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Mrs Anastasia Voulagka

Research interests

  • Inclusive education
  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Co-teaching
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Dr Andy Coverdale BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Research Methods
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Dr Ben Whitburn

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Inclusive education -theory~practice
  • Critical disability studies
  • Co-design

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Catherine de Haas

Research interests

  • People with PMLD alongside thier families
  • Inclusive research
  • Belonging to communities
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Miss Chinmaya Potnis

Research interests

  • Inclusive Education
  • Student agency, working alongside students
  • Educational inequality
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Professor Chris Brown

Head of School

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Mr Chun Hong Yan

Research interests

  • Migration and education
  • Sociology of education
  • Socio-materialism
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Dr Cristina Azaola


Research interests

  • Social inclusion and exclusion through schooling
  • School belonging in urban and rural educational settings
  • Education inequalities: the public and private school divide

Accepting applications from PhD students

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